No worries on NYE. While the announcement could take another 7-10 days, it's gonna happen. While I have no way to know if the ink is dry on the agreement as of yet, Furthur will be at the BGCC on 12/29 - 12/31. If you need a hotel room, get it now.
I just reserved a room at a Courtyard from 12/27-29. I will prolly catch at least one show. Hopefully they play on the 28th.